Field Guides and Keys

Field guides and identification keys are essential for making good records.

There are many resources online and offline to help you with accurate identification, essential for biological recording. The searchable ID Signpost by the Field Studies Council (FSC) catalogues hundreds of these national resources by taxon group.

CBDC and Tullie House Museum have some keys which you may use in our offices by appointment. Contact our Recording Officer.

Local Wildlife ID guides including ferns, ladybirds, grasshoppers and shieldbugs as well as county checklists can be found on Carlisle Natural History Society’s public resource pages.

A good introduction to Recording is the NBN’s Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife.

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 8:35am
What a wonderful close up of a species we often see in our own homes! If youโ€™re in Cumbria and have a few small friends in your home like this house spider consider sending them in as a record on our website! https://t.co/7zsluxMivu https://t.co/mY8IHqHka1
CumbriaBDC photo
Alan Coles @greenlandfalcon
I came across the House Spider with one leg missing, that I photographed several days ago, so took some more close ups. @beardwarbler @BritishSpiders https://t.co/mGm6scYbdT
Monday, October 19th, 2020 at 5:55am
Red Admiral butterflies are still enjoying the bounty of Ivy flowers this #autumn ๐Ÿ‚

Have you seen one? Let us know ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://t.co/vQQEaXbFVS #AutumnAdmirals https://t.co/aUvtqgSgfo
CumbriaBDC photo